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 Post subject: Best quality Laserdiscs
PostPosted: 07 Nov 2012, 05:42 
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What does everyone think are the best Laserdiscs ever made in terms of picture quality? Feel free to add screenshots of these as well.
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PostPosted: 07 Nov 2012, 11:15 
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Austin Powers is really impressive and also Starship Troopers. The THX squeeze edition of T2 is probably a firm favourite.
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PostPosted: 07 Nov 2012, 23:04 
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Diabolos (Devil's advocate Japan) My all time favorite PQ that came as a surprise to me
The World is not enough (Japan)
Austin Powers The Spy who Shagged me
Austin Powers International man of Mystery
Goldeneye
Ronin
True Lies
MI-2 (Japan)
The Avengers (US & Japan)
U-571 (Japan)
End of Days

oh, there are so many ...

The haunting, Star Wars TPM , Tina Turner Live in Amsterdam
I could go on for .... :)
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 Post subject: Re: Best quality Laserdiscs
PostPosted: 08 Nov 2012, 17:10 
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Saving Private Ryan is a good one. I understand it is closer to the theatrical picture (in terms of colors and such) than the DVD.
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 Post subject: Re: Best quality Laserdiscs
PostPosted: 12 Nov 2012, 13:32 
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The discs in my collection that stand out in terms of picture quality are:

1) Game, The: Special Edition #365 (1997) [CC1520L]
2) Jurassic Park (1993) [41830]
3) Terminator 2: Judgment Day: Special Edition (1991) (Uncut) [PSE82997-6WS]
4) Fifth Element, The (1997) [82406]

Fifth Element is known as a bad rotter but if you can find it in good condition then the picture looks great.
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 Post subject: Re: Best quality Laserdiscs
PostPosted: 14 Nov 2012, 10:11 
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Feel free to post screenshots of these good looking Laserdisc transfers. I'd like to see some!
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PostPosted: 14 Nov 2012, 11:59 
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alien wrote:
Feel free to post screenshots of these good looking Laserdisc transfers. I'd like to see some!

I took some screenshots middle of last year when I found a way of hooking up my player to my computer. I keep meaning to go back and try again now that I have a new player but I've not got around to it, de-interlacing can also cause a bit of a problem when trying to take screenshots so any pics you see should be taken with a pinch of salt. I'll try and take some fresh ones of the titles I mentioned above over the next few days using my DVL 919E but for now here's a few screenshots of Jurassic Park taken on an old, beaten up CLD V2120D:

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(Frames Frames 15915-15917 on side five for those interested)
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PostPosted: 14 Nov 2012, 21:12 
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hippiedalek wrote:
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Feel free to post screenshots of these good looking Laserdisc transfers. I'd like to see some!

I took some screenshots middle of last year when I found a way of hooking up my player to my computer. I keep meaning to go back and try again now that I have a new player but I've not got around to it, de-interlacing can also cause a bit of a problem when trying to take screenshots so any pics you see should be taken with a pinch of salt. I'll try and take some fresh ones of the titles I mentioned above over the next few days using my DVL 919E but for now here's a few screenshots of Jurassic Park taken on an old, beaten up CLD V2120D:



oh lord, yes, that CLD V2120D sure do suck! the images almost looks like 16 color jpg's from the 90s :)
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 Post subject: Re: Best quality Laserdiscs
PostPosted: 15 Nov 2012, 03:16 
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Always liked the picture quality of:

Thelma and Louise
Goldeneye
True Lies
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (Letterbox version)
Evening Star
Most titles in Universal's Signature collection

Always found that laserdiscs from Buena Vista (Touchstone/Hollywood pictures) had not so good picture quality, with usually a bit softer and blurred PQ.
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PostPosted: 15 Nov 2012, 10:25 
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cpix wrote:
oh lord, yes, that CLD V2120D sure do suck! the images almost looks like 16 color jpg's from the 90s :)

It's certainly not the best player out there, but I only payed 1p for it (about 1.5¢ I think) so I can't complain.
As I said in my post, the interlaced nature of laserdiscs can cause some oddities in the picture when you try to display them on a progressive computer monitor. For example, in the second picture there's a lot of blocking, especially noticeable on Laura Dern's arm, this does not appear when I watch it on a TV screen. The software I was using at the time did have some advanced de-interlacing algorithms but unfortunately they didn't affect screenshots so this is without any form of interlacing at all so may actually be a single field rather than a combined frame. When I get the chance to hook up the DVL 919E to the PC I'll see if I can get a more accurate image.
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 Post subject: Re: Best quality Laserdiscs
PostPosted: 15 Nov 2012, 11:20 
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Japanese released LaserDiscs all the way .......
Never viewed a Hong Kong title so no opinion there .........
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 Post subject: Re: Best quality Laserdiscs
PostPosted: 15 Nov 2012, 11:36 
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firehorse_44 wrote:
Japanese released LaserDiscs all the way .......
Never viewed a Hong Kong title so no opinion there .........

I've never seen a Hong Kong LD but whenever I've looked them up I'm always confused by the fact they often release a film over separate releases. For example:

Iron Monkey: Part I (1993) [ML 876]
Iron Monkey: Part II (1993) [ML 877]

Are two parts of the same 90 min film but are separate releases.

No idea what the picture quality of HK releases are like though. I've only seen one Japanese laserdisc but it was an early 80s release so I wasn't that blown away by the quality.
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PostPosted: 15 Nov 2012, 12:03 
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oh lord, yes, that CLD V2120D sure do suck! the images almost looks like 16 color jpg's from the 90s :)

It's certainly not the best player out there, but I only payed 1p for it (about 1.5¢ I think) so I can't complain.
As I said in my post, the interlaced nature of laserdiscs can cause some oddities in the picture when you try to display them on a progressive computer monitor. For example, in the second picture there's a lot of blocking, especially noticeable on Laura Dern's arm, this does not appear when I watch it on a TV screen. The software I was using at the time did have some advanced de-interlacing algorithms but unfortunately they didn't affect screenshots so this is without any form of interlacing at all so may actually be a single field rather than a combined frame. When I get the chance to hook up the DVL 919E to the PC I'll see if I can get a more accurate image.


doesn't really look like interlacing to me, if it was, it would be more prominent on the picture where the dinosaur moves his head. usually video apps saves snapshots without interlacing. it would have been interesting to see the pictures capped from you dvl
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 Post subject: Re: Best quality Laserdiscs
PostPosted: 16 Nov 2012, 22:01 
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After mucking about more with hooking the LD player up to the PC it seems with my current equipment I can't get any higher quality screenshots; they look pretty much the same with a slight difference in colour. However watching these on a proper TV screen there is a massive difference. I've not got a brilliant graphics card so I'm guessing that or the RCA to USB cable are the weak points. I'll try and take some pictures from the TV Screen over the weekend.
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 Post subject: Re: Best quality Laserdiscs
PostPosted: 17 Nov 2012, 02:47 
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Anything that can send NTSC video over USB is doing a crapload of (probably very low end) hardware compression. That's where the problem is going to be.
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PostPosted: 17 Nov 2012, 06:02 
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hippiedalek wrote:
...I found a way of hooking up my player to my computer


What did you use to connect to your computer? I would like to make some screenshots as well.
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 Post subject: Re: Best quality Laserdiscs
PostPosted: 18 Nov 2012, 06:18 
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Thanks guys. Can't wait to see some of those screenshots!
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 Post subject: Re: Best quality Laserdiscs
PostPosted: 18 Nov 2012, 12:11 
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Watched Double Jeopardy (1999) last night.
Picture quality was very impressive. Put the receiver in ProLogic mode to feel "surrounded" since this it's not an AC-3 release. I was pleasantly surprised in terms of PQ
I'm sure the last released titles are Technical superior to early laserdisc releases.
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 Post subject: Re: Best quality Laserdiscs
PostPosted: 18 Nov 2012, 19:32 
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So far I'd say Phantom Menace which we compared awhile back.

But anytime there's a movie or music title that hasn't been released again I enjoy seeing it on LD.
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PostPosted: 29 Nov 2012, 10:05 
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whenever those screenshot captures are ready guys, just post away.
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